Albuquerque May Face Lawsuit Over Alleged Free Speech Violation

May 12, 2014

Demonstrators removed from an Albuquerque city council meeting for holding a silent protest over police shootings say they are preparing to file a free speech lawsuit.

Protest organizer David Correia told The Associated Press that he and three other demonstrators who received citations banning them from City Hall for 90 days are meeting with American Civil Liberties Union lawyers on Monday.

On Thursday, protesters were escorted out by police after they refused to speak at the podium and turned their backs to Albuquerque councilors because of new rule changes they say limit free speech.

Councilors adopted stricter rules on public comments following a rowdy meeting earlier in the week where demonstrators packed the chambers, demanded that Police Chief Gorden Eden face a citizen's arrest and forced councilors to adjourn.

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